President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has by proclamation declared Monday, January 1, 2018 as New Year’s Day, and it is to be observed throughout the country as a National Holiday, a release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said.
According to the release, the President calls upon all citizens and foreign residents to observe the Day, and directs that all government offices and business houses be closed from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
President Sirleaf has further directed “all citizens and residents within our borders, in solemn cooperation with all prelates, priests, deacons, evangelists, imams, and other members of the Sacerdotal Order, regardless of religious creed, to gather together with one purpose in their respective places of worship and plead for His continuing goodness and generosity towards all peoples and nations of the earth, especially the people of Liberia.”
Under the Patriotic Cultural Observance Law, Title 25, Liberian Code of Laws of 1956, the first day of January each year is set aside as a Public Holiday to be known as ‘New Year’s Day’ and appropriately celebrated.
This day affords many citizens and residents of Liberia the opportunity to celebrate the infinite goodness and mercy of the Almighty, who has blessed and prospered the work of the minds, hearts and hands of all the people of Liberia during the previous year.
New Year’s Day falls on January 1, the first Monday of the year, and marks the start of a new year according to the Gregorian calendar.